Mathematics Teachers’ Perceptions on Enhancing Students’ Creativity in Mathematics
Mulugeta Atnafu Ayele
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Creativity is a necessary and vital tool for dealing with the economic, environmental, and humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. It is also a necessary tool for brainstorming, strategizing, and solving problems. Exploratory survey design and quantitative research method were used. 102 in-service mathematics teachers were selected using stratified random sampling from two programs. The data was collected by a likert scale, and analyzed by mean, standard deviation, correlation, independent sample t-test, one-way and two-way ANOVA. Most of the in-service mathematics teachers felt that they encourage and reward students’ creative ideas and different approaches in their work; motivate students engaging with mathematics; apply regularly strong background knowledge in mathematics; allow mistakes and encourage learning from their mistakes; encourage mental flexibility; explore the environment to stimulate curiosity about their world; ask questions to students and guide them to do problems differently; encourage dissent and diversity; and provide regularly positive feedback.Therefore, training given to mathematics teachers; teachers identify mathematically creative students and apply appropriate teaching methods and assessment techniques; creativity should be made compulsory and integrated in all school mathematics curriculum; schools create of the creative environment; awareness given to parents and  the Ministry of Education review the Teacher Education program.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, 2016, Volume 11, Issue 10, 3521-3536

Publication date: 02 Dec 2016

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